YA Loves: Before A Fault in the Stars, there was Sarah Dessen and Megan McCafferty. My favorite Dessen is This Lullaby and McCafferty’s Jessica Darling Series (the first one of which is Sloppy Firsts). Top notch.
Dystopian Trilogy: Atwood will forever be one of my favorite authors and her trilogy (beginning with Oryx and Crake) will hold the attention of anyone, let alone someone who eats up any dystopian stories. The world she envisions? creates? is so full. Many times when I read stories about the not too distant future, I feel like there are holes. Not here. Must read.
Crime & Romance: JD Robb’s In Death Series has it all. Try the first one: Naked in Death.
Classic: You can’t beat East of Eden. Sure it’s big but’s so good. And my favorite book of all time.
Must Read Non-Fiction: I want to pass out Carry On, Warrior to everyone I know. Funny and frank essays. She really gets that life is brutiful (brutal and beautiful).
Favorite Read of the Summer Yet: Americanah challenged my way of thinking and made me laugh. Race and romance and humor and immigration and more fuse together at this fictional but very honest look at how we see ourselves, how we see others, and how others see us. It’s so well done, my summary can’t do it justice. Read it.
I just started The Vacationers for next month.